glad to have you with us on this edition of "newsline." it is friday, january 8. i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. world leaders continue to grapple how to deal with north korea after its claims of a hydrogen bomb test. as many countries discuss punishment, north korea's leader is marking his birthday friday. the country's nuclear test is likely to be promoted as one of his achievements. the nation doesn't disclose kim jong-un's exact age, but he's believed to be turning 33. the day is not considered a holiday, unlike the birthdays of
kim's father and grandfather. sources say they do not expect large celebrations. as part of its response to the north's hydrogen bomb claims, seoul will be restarting a program along the border with north korea. that's one that has irritated pyongyang in the past. >> translator: the government has decided to resume loud speaker propaganda broadcasts. >> the broadcasts are meant to raise questions across the border about the kim administration and led an exchange of artillery fire last august. seoul later agreed to turn off the loud speakers. the south korean government says its military is ready and able to retaliate if the north continues further provocations. in japan, lawmaker also vote on a resolution that strongly opposes and protests north korea's nuclear tests and demands the country abandon all nuclear devices.
the governing and opposition parties compiled the draft resolution as the only country to have suffered nuclear attacks, japan finds it unacc t unacceptable and calls the test a serious challenge to global nuclear nonproliferation. a foiled attack by a man armed with a knife has left people in paris on edge. police are investigating the man's attempt to break into a police station and are treating it as an act of terrorism. they say the man was also carrying make explosives. he tried to enter the station in north paris thursday, shouting "god is great" in arabic. police shot him dead. law enforcement officials say he was holding a sheet of paper with islamic writer. the suspect's fingerprints matched those of a moroccan man in his twenlts with a criminal
record. last november, terrorists killed 130 people in attacks around the city. parisians are still fearful. >> translator: this crisis is spreading throughout the country. >> schools near the police station kept students inside. authorities suspended some subway services. increased tension comes as france marked one year since the deadly terrorist attack on the satirical magazine "charlie hebdo." president hollande has called on security forces to continue their fight against terrorism. >> translator: never undoubtedly has your mission been more necessary or more demanding, because terrorism is still a terrible threat to the country. >> hollande visited police headquarters on thursday and paid respects by laying flowers. it bears the name of three police officers killed in the attacks.
17 people including officers died when extremists targeted the magazine office and a kosher supermarket in paris. in november, the french government declared a state of emergency after the deadly terror attacks in the capital. the period has been extended until the end of february. the government is considering revising the criminal code to support investigations aimed at preventing terrorism. state run media in iran claim saudi arabia has raised the stakes in the ongoing standoff between the two governments. they accusing saudi forces attacking the iranian embassy in yemen. the spokesperson claimed the embassy was targeted by reuters news agency quotes local residents as saying the building is not damaged and missiles hit a public square about 700 meters
away. saudi led coalition forces have been carrying out air strikes on shia rebels in yemen since march. the coalition denied the allegation thursday in a statement released through saudi arabia's state news agency. it said they have not conducted any operation near the iranian embassy and stressed that the building was safe and sufficier no damage. they are broiled in a diplomatic row stemming from an execution. in libya, a truck bomb exploded in a police training center. no one has claimed responsibility. the vehicle entered the facility in the country's northwest before blowing up thursday. hundreds of people were gathered for an assembly to complete a police training course. libya has been in a state of civil war for over a year since the nation split between secular
and islamic governments. militants have been using the turmoil to expand their presence in the country. last month, representatives from both governments agreed to form a national unity government within 40 days. japanese and indian officials spent years discussing a nuclear power deal. they've now reached a final stage. we're joined now from the business desk. so what's the latest? >> prime minister shinzo abe came back with a principle agreement but only wants to use this technology for infrastructure. it needs to be a solid agreement and the government won't try to get the approval of the nuclear power pac at the current diet session. the vice foreign minister and
india's foreign secretary met in tokyo on thursday to work on details of the deal. the parliament needs to approve it first. a senior foreign ministry official says it has to be clear enough to get through an expected rigorous debate at the diet. arguments may include india's nuclear tests in the past, and its current state of not being a signatory to the nuclear nonproliferation treaty. government officials suggest they don't want to move ahead too quickly before an upper house election this summer. china has been a major source of concern this week. regulators are making efforts to calm investors following massive selloffs monday and thursday. they're suspending a mechanism that was supposed to prevent volatility but had the opposite effect. the stock exchanges in shanghai and shenzen announced the
suspension of the circuit breaker mechanism. it was designed to halt all trading if a benchmark moves 5% and for the rest of the day if it moves 7%. it kicked in and stopped trading monday and thursday. the country's regulator points out the mechanism itself may have increased sell orders as investors feared they may be locked into declining markets. officials at china's central bank say foreign currency reserves last month dropped by a record amount. the officials at the people's bank of china said on thursday foreign reserves stood at $3.3 trillion, down $108 billion from november. the record drop exceeded $100 billion for the first time since officials began releasing the data in 1999. investors have been selling the
yuan against the dollars and other foreign currencies. some analysts say it's a sign that foreign investors are moving funds out of china. analysts say china's financial authorities are supplying the dollar to meet the demand of banks and say that the authorities are trying to prevent excessive weakening of their currency by selling the dollar and buying the yuan. and crude oil futures in new york sank to their lowest level in about 12 years amid concerns over growing uncertainties in the world economy. the benchmark wti futures hit $32.10 per barrel in off trading hours thursday, the lowest level since december 2003. sale orders continued to surge as risk averse sentiments spread over the shanghai stock market and the tension between iran and saudi arabia.
market sources say investors are concerned that china's financial market turmoil could affect the global economy and be a further drag on oil demand. more confusion in the middle east would make it difficult for the production of oil. let's check on markets and see how investors are reacting to all this. tokyo share prices are lower following broad based designs in the global markets. the key index is headed for a weekly decline of over 7%. the nikkei lower by 0.6%. wall street tumbled after a trading halt in shanghai. let's check in on currencies. risk aversion is setting the tone with a safe haven yen holding near four-month high against the dollar at 117.77-82. traders are watching move by
beijing regulators to fix the yuan, that could lead to further upside for the yen. but the euro bounced on improvement on sentiment and falling unemployment. markets across the asia-pacific region, australian and south korean shares both down by 0.7%. aussie shares are lower for a sixth session today. we'll see where trading takes us throughout the day. this week, "newsline" has been focusing on the outlook for the world's major markets. and in the last installment of our series, we looked at the economies of asean. some are call thing region the center of growth. i asked an economist what he's expecting in 2016. >> he's a chief economist at economic research institute for asean and east asia. i would hike to start with what kind of year it will be for
asean nations. >> the average growth rate is around 5%. the fastest growing nations are cambodia, laos, they would grow over 7%. and then the philippines and vietnam are doing pretty well, too. malaysia is going slowly. maybe a little less than 5%. that's the typical forecast. thailand, still some political turmoil, so people say 3% growth. >> he expecting china's slowdown to influence southeast asian economies but the bigger risks come from within the ten nations. >> even if china's economy is slowing down, still actually
that kind of transaction -- i think china slowing down would be limited in terms of manufacturing productivity over there. their own risk is how they can make a sort of career targets for development. i think they have to do that seriously, because that generates the creatability of their own economy too. countries like malaysia are very open to the foreign sector. myanmar, too. myanmar is going to have a new government. we are wondering whether the new government could continue being a decent economic policy. >> on the last day of 2015, all member nations came on board to establish the asean economic
community. he says the region's population and human capital will play an increasingly important role. >> i keep talking about innovation hub. i think they have to have good people. now the world is globalization, so people can move around much easier than before. so they have to have their own good people and also potentially good foreigners, too. if they are willing to come and stay there for a long time to generate innovation. i think that kind of environment is going to be very, very important. that's a real challenge. >> and that wraps up our world economic outlook 2016. to see the full series, please visit the nhk world website.
i'll be back with more business headlines next hour. i'll leave you now with a check on markets. in afghanistan, taliban insurgents have recently been increasing their activity. that is severely affecting the country's security situation. last year they temporarily captured the northern city of kunduz.
life is still a struggle for the people there, and they're growing increasingly disappointed with the government. nhk world's fumio sugaya reports. >> reporter: fierce street fighting left much of kunduz in ruins. government forces managed to retake the city, but the violence has dramatically altered the daily life of local people. 15-year-old sideqa darwish lives with her mother and six brothers and sisters. her goal is to study hard to become a doctor. she wants to help people who cannot afford proper medical treatment, but that dream has been derailed by the taliban. her father was a high school principal. one day he was shot and killed by taliban fighters on his way home. >> translator: when we heard he had been killed, we were shocked, of course. we started crying and weeping. we lost our way. my father was our family's main breadwinner. >> reporter: her siblings are still young, and sideqa as the eldest is the only one of them
who can work to support the family. she started to help with her mother's sewing job. it takes up all her time, and she no longer goes to school. >> translator: my dream was to become a doctor, but i've had to give it up as i quit school to help my mother and feed my family. >> reporter: the taliban offensive puts women's social participation in jeopardy as well. this radio station was funded by the government to encourage women to join the workforce. 29-year-old neda used to host a show three times a week, but taliban fighters stormed the station and stole the equipment. >> translator: the radio station was everything to us. and we did so much through it, but when it was destroyed, it just hit us all so hard.
>> reporter: worried that the taliban could come back, many of her female colleagues quit the station. the funding fell away, too. now the station broadcasts only once a week. >> translator: we want the afghan government and the international community to build peace and security. if we don't have that, then we can't do anything. >> reporter: the taliban insurgency continues to pose a threat right across afghanistan. the government must now face the challenge of working even harder to protect ordinary people and their livelihoods. fumio sugaya, nhk world, kabul. ♪ in our series "women of vision" we've been shining a spotlight on women in japan.
who are influencing society. this woman plays professional soccer in germany and has high hopes for the future of women's soccer both on and off the field. nhk has that story. >> reporter: kozue ando has been playing pro soccer in germany since 2010. her current team is sgsessen. her focus is often her offensive skill where is she excels. but japan is always on her mind. >> translator: i do have the mindset that i'm playing overseas and representing japan. i want to show that japanese athletes can thrive in the world. >> reporter: 2015 was a tough year for ando. her woman's world cup
performance came to an unexpected halt in the first match. she came in with high hopes but left with a broken ankle. her team was the defending champion but finished second in the tournament. disappointing but she didn't let it keep her down. >> translator: i was very frustrated when i got injured, but i was determined and trained hard to come back. i hope i can show all my hard work paid off this year. >> reporter: ando had to go through four months of physical therapy. when she was able to lace up her cleats again, she came back ready to play with a new goal in mind. last season, she was a mid fielder for sfc frankfurt. the team even won the european championship. a great accomplishment, but she wanted a change. so last fall she signed with essen and headed back to germany
because she wanted to play her preferred position of striker. >> translator: i play striker on the national team. my role is to get closer to the goal to create scoring opportunities. that role is similar to what essen wanted from me. >> reporter: for professional athlete success, much is needed. lots of practice, studying and inspiration. when she heard the news that a japanese soccer legend and longtime teammate was retiring, ando found motivation. she led the team to win the world cup championship in 2011. she also won the mvp award. ando has always felt great respect for sawa. >> translator: i feel that i have a responsibility to pass on
her contributions to the team and lessons learned from her to younger athletes. >> reporter: ando also faces a soccer battle off the field. women's soccer in japan isn't all that popular, and it needs more funding. ando wants to get more people interested in the sport. >> translator: as a professional athlete, i want to show great plays to children. i want kids to dream of becoming professional athletes. i think it's very important that japan continues to win on the world stage. that will lead to an increase in popularity of women's soccer. >> reporter: japan won its first olympic women's soccer medal. now ando is aiming to win gold
for herself, her team, and the next generation of women's soccer players. the first step though is to win asia's final qualifying tournament next month that will secure a spot for japan at the games in rio de janeiro. >> it is time now for a check of the weather. robert speta joins us with the details. >> it feels like we cannot catch a break here. one of the big issues here in northern areas of uk and scotland, we are looking at more precipitation, you have been flooding over the course of the last several weeks, so anymore rainfall could cause some additional hardships. so something to watch out for. the good news, one of the last
potent storm systems to really impact that area for some time. we have another low pushing through the iberan peninsula. and towards the east, another storm rolling across the balkan peninsula, moving into turkey, bringing problems over here towards the west. i want to show you some video out of albania. hundreds of people have been evacuated, thousands of hectares of land has been flooded, emergency officials are being deployed to help out people. but the good news, no deaths or serious injuries have been reported thus far. back towards the east, we could be seeing flooding in turkey. the main ran for that is we do have some rain on top of snowy
accumulated last week. you could be seeing some flooding with that. the good news, conditions are improving and we could be seeing some rain in albania by sunday. in the eastern u.s., we have a storm system just off the east coast. this is not tropical, but could disrupt shipping traffic. it's just some high surf coming out of that. this storm is going to have a bigger impact, because it is bringing a mixed bag of precipitation. heavy rain along the gulf coast states and in the north, freezing rain and possibility of power outages. also behind that, heavy snowfall extending off there across the midwest and also into ontario and quebec. down towards the south on the warm side, miami with a high of 25 but rain showers there in your forecast.
then here into northeastern asia, the big topic is the winter weather. we were talking about those above average temperatures plaguing much of western japan. it is going to cool off, looking at heavy snowfall, all this cold air coming in from northeastern china and russia. the high pressure is dominating, keeping things on the sunny side. we do have some showers down towards the south across southeastern china. temperatures are cooler. hong kong with a high of 20 year on friday. i'll heave you now with your extended outlook.
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